NT Mental Health Week is part of a national mental health promotion campaign held in October each year, and incorporates World Mental Health Day, held globally on 10 October. The purpose of this awareness week is to engage communities in activities that promote mental health and wellbeing and to also increase understanding and reduce stigma about mental illness, and how it impacts on the lives of people in our community.
NTMHW encourages all of us to think about our mental health and wellbeing, regardless of whether we may have a lived experience of mental illness or not, and encourages help seeking behaviours, when needed. It provides a chance to promote activities and ideas that can have a positive impact on our daily lives and the lives of others.
Mental Health Week in the Northern Territory this year will be from 8 – 16 October. The theme is ‘Awareness, Belonging, Connection’.
Awareness is about understanding what we need to do to boost and maintain our mental wellbeing. It’s also about knowing when we need to reach out for help and where to get it.
Belonging is about looking out for each other, ensuring we feel safe and supported, and understanding that we’re not alone no matter how difficult our feelings or experiences are.
Connection is about our relationships with our friends, families and those that we care about, as well as the groups, clubs, and networks around us that we rely on to help keep us happy and healthy, wherever we live, work, or play.
NT Mental Health Week is a time to recognise people who have made significant contributions to the Mental Health sector. We know there are many people in paid and voluntary roles who provide extraordinary support to others. The NT Mental Health Awards recognises and celebrates the achievements of these inspiring individuals and organisations.
Anyone can nominate an individual or organisation. Self-nominations are also welcomed. All award nominators are required to complete the nomination form, indicate the award category, and address the evaluation criteria.
Nominees must be a current resident of the Northern Territory, agree to be nominated and understand that their information provided (except for contact details) may be used for publicity and promotional purposes.
As we get closer to Mental Health Week a full calendar of events happening across the state will be available. All Mental Health Week event holders will be able to register their event via the NTMHC website events page, whether they are grant funded or otherwise. The Northern Territory Mental Health Coalition will help to promote events registered in the calendar via social media and other platforms.
This year we’re encouraging everyone to get behind Mental Health Week and show support by turning the NT orange! We’ve chosen orange as the official colour for Mental Health Week in the NT this year because it is warm, inviting, and has a positive and uplifting influence. Why not have a ‘Wear Orange’ day at your school or workplace, host a morning or afternoon tea with delicious orange themed food, or pop an orange light globe in the window of your home, office or business to start a conversation and show that mental health and wellbeing is important to you.
To help you plan and promote a great Mental Health Week event, a range of resources are available, including logos, posters, social media tiles, banners, an Event Planning Guide and a Promotion and Media Kit.
While NTMHC are not a service provider, we can point you in the direction of services that can support you.